University Heights

University Heights City Council meeting highlights 4-7-2014

APRIL 7, 2014

  • Yard waste collection
  • Fuchs Mizrachi site
  • Technical assistance grant
  • Belvoir Boulevard and new crossing
  • Memorial Day parade
  • JCU access drive
  • Mobile computers
  • Spring tree planting
  • Yard nuisance abatement
  • Sidewalk repair and replacement
  • Ethnic Intimidation
  • Construction
  • Recreation committee

All council members were present.

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Volume 7, Issue 5, Posted 6:54 PM, 04.16.2014

CH-UH Board of Education to present Wiley Middle School renovations plan to UH City Council March 17

University Heights City Council will meet with the CH-UH City School District Board of Education at its Council Committee of the Whole Meeting, on Monday, March 17 at 6 p.m.

At the meeting, the district will present its plan for renovations at the Wiley Middle School property to Mayor Susan Infeld and city council members. Wiley will be used a "swing school" to accommodate students during construction at Heights High and, later, Monticello and Roxboro middle schools.

After the meeting with the BOE, University Heights City Council will hold its city council meeting at 7:30 p.m.

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Volume 7, Issue 4, Posted 10:39 AM, 03.17.2014

University Heights City Council meeting highlights 3-3-14

MARCH 3, 2014

  • Memorial Day parade
  • Zoning and planning updates
  • New fire chief
  • JCU plaza renovation
  • JCU access drive proposal
  • Transfer of funds
  • Vehicle purchase
  • Tree planting
  • False alarms

All council members were present.

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Volume 7, Issue 4, Posted 12:27 PM, 03.18.2014

University Heights City Council meeting highlights 1-21-2014

JANUARY 21, 2014

  • Ed Kelley
  • Library renovations
  • Municipal court operation
  • Green driveways
  • Police dispatchers
  • Ford Escape
  • Council chambers repairs
  • Sanitary sewer repair
  • Garage doors

Vice Mayor Susan Pardee and Councilwoman Adele Zucker were absent.

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Volume 7, Issue 3, Posted 10:41 AM, 02.11.2014

University Heights mayor reports city operating "as usual" despite frigid temperatures

In a Jan 6. e-mail, University Heights Mayor Susan Infeld notified residents that the city is operating "as usual," provided information on the cold-weather operations of three city departments, and offered some safety tips from the Cuyahoga County Office of Emergency Management and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Infeld provided updates on police and service department (garbage collection) operations in these frigid conditions, and a recommendation from the building department to help keep pipes from freezing:

  • The Police Department is monitoring the speed of vehicles and stopping them if they are travelling too fast for conditions. In general the police are issuing warnings to drivers to beware of icy road conditions, however they will issue citations as warranted. The snow ban is being enforced and the police are contacting the owners of vehicles parked on the street. If the owners cannot be contacted or do not respond within a reasonable period of time, the vehicles will be towed.
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Volume 7, Issue 2, Posted 5:24 PM, 01.06.2014

UH Mayor to deliver State of City report at Jan. 6 meeting; council members to be installed

University Heights Mayor Susan Infeld will deliver the annual State of the City report at the Jan. 6 UH City Council meeting. Infeld, re-elected as mayor in November, will take the oath of office for her new term at the meeting. She will also take the oath of office as the city’s safety director.

According to the meeting agenda, council members Phillip Ertel, Susan Pardee and Mark Wiseman will also take oaths of office, and council will elect a vice mayor.

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Volume 7, Issue 2, Posted 12:31 PM, 01.06.2014

Mayor Infeld delivers 2014 UH State of the City report

At the Jan. 6 University Heights City Council meeting, Mayor Susan Infeld marked the beginning of her second term by delivering the annual State of the City Report, highlighting 2013 achievements—including a 2013 revenue surplus of $2.2 million—and looking ahead to 2014.

At the same meeting, council members Phillip Ertel, Susan Pardee and Mark Wiseman were sworn in, and council members selected Pardee vice mayor by a majority vote.

In her report, Infeld stated that the carried-over $2.2 million surplus provides a “cushion for unexpected expenses” that will enable the city “to put more money into capital improvements.” Infeld said, “We will pave more streets, make the last installment payment for the former Fuchs Mizrachi school property . . . and begin the development of a community park on the site.”

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Volume 7, Issue 2, Posted 10:46 AM, 01.14.2014

UH honors three for service

University Heights Mayor Susan Infeld named outgoing Vice Mayor Frankie Goldberg and volunteer magistrate Robert Walton University Heights’s 2013 Public Servant and Citizen of the Year, respectively, for the work they have done on behalf of the city.

This year's UH Employee of the Year is Scott Rudyk, a 14-year employee of the city and head mechanic in the service department. He was selected for that honor by a vote of city employees.

At the UH City Council meeting on Dec. 17, Infeld presented Goldberg and Walton with official proclamations honoring their achievements. Rudyk was honored at the city's employee appreciation event on Dec. 16.

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Volume 7, Issue 1, Posted 2:00 PM, 01.02.2014

UH City Council meeting is rescheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 17

University Heights City Council has rescheduled its next meeting from Monday, Dec. 16 to Tuesday, Dec. 17.

"It would normally occur on Monday," said University Heights Mayor Susan Infeld, "but I asked City Council to change the day of the meeting so that we could all attend the school district's meeting about closing Wiley and redistributing the students to Roxboro and Monticello. That meeting is Monday at 7 p.m. at Heights High."

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Volume 7, Issue 1, Posted 2:14 PM, 12.13.2013

University Heights City Council meeting highlights 12-2-2013

DECEMBER 2, 2013

  • Public comments
  • Park planning meeting
  • Wiley Middle School’s closing
  • Honorees
  • Nancy English sworn in
  • Assessment fines
  • Fire department
  • Fuchs Mizrachi demolition
  • Ford pickup purchase
  • Lettering on police cars
  • Search for fire chief
  • Leaf pickup
  • Tree trimming
  • Dunkin Donuts
  • Murphy Hall
  • Waterline project and paving
  • School facilities oversight

All council members were present.

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Volume 7, Issue 1, Posted 4:58 PM, 12.12.2013

Senior Citizen Happenings

Senior Citizen Happenings, sponsored by the City of University Heights, are open to all. Events take place on Thursdays at 2 p.m. at the University Heights Library. For information, and to suggest program topics, contact the UH Office for Senior Services at 216-397-0336 or info@universityheights.com.

Dec. 5: Victor Mezacapa of University School and Lisa Peng of Laurel School—champion debaters who have earned honors in tournaments at The City Club of Cleveland—will debate the resolution: In the United States criminal justice system, truth-seeking ought to take precedence over attorney/client privilege.

 

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Volume 6, Issue 12, Posted 11:55 AM, 12.02.2013

University Heights City Council Meeting 10-21-2013

OCTOBER 21, 2013

  • Leaf pickup
  • Emergency notification
  • Hazardous waste collection
  • New park
  • Halloween
  • Washington/Baintree Tree Pruning
  • Funding for street paving
  • Nuisance abatement penalties
  • Major trash removal
  • Sales of shopping centers

All council members were present.

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Volume 6, Issue 12, Posted 6:29 PM, 11.13.2013

UH City Council meeting for Nov. 4

The University Heights City Council has posted the agenda for its Nov. 4 meeting. The meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. at University Heights City Hall.

The agenda includes a proclamation in honor of [retiring] Patrolman Dennis Rohal.

Following the regular meeting, council will hold an executive session "for the purpose of discussing personnel, litigation or real estate matters."

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Volume 6, Issue 12, Posted 9:55 AM, 11.04.2013

UH City Council meeting agenda for Oct. 21

The University Heights City Council has posted the agenda for its Oct. 21 meeting. The meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. at University Heights City Hall.

Following the regular meeting, council will hold an executive session "for the purpose of discussing personnel, litigation or real estate matters.

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Volume 6, Issue 11, Posted 1:02 PM, 10.21.2013

University Heights City Council meeting highlights 10-7-2013

OCTOBER 7, 2013

  • Recycling/composting
  • Second house fire
  • Police equipment
  • Special garbage pickups
  • Property violations
  • Nuisance rubbish
  • Police and fire department pensions
  • Nordway Road
  • Northeast Ohio Sewer District
  • Cedar and Warrensville accident 
  • Fuchs Mizrachi building     
  • Murphy Hall
  • Leaf collection

Councilman Steven Sims was absent.

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Volume 6, Issue 11, Posted 3:36 PM, 10.21.2013

Senior Citizen Happenings

Senior Citizen Happenings, sponsored by the City of University Heights, are open to all. Events take place on Thursdays at 2 p.m. at the University Heights Library. For information, and to suggest program topics, contact the UH Office for Senior Services at 216-397-0336 or info@universityheights.com.

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Volume 6, Issue 11, Posted 12:14 PM, 10.31.2013

UH City Council meeting agenda for Sept. 16

The University Heights City Council has posted the agenda for its Sept. 16 meeting. The meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. at University Heights City Hall.

The agenda includes an ordinance authorizing the transfer of funds from the general fund to other funds. It also includes a second reading of a resolution accepting "the amounts and rates as determined by the Cuyahoga County Budget Commission and authorize the necessary tax levies and certifying them to the Cuyahoga County Fiscal Officer," and a resolution on "keeping Asian carp out of the Great Lakes.

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Volume 6, Issue 10, Posted 10:17 AM, 09.16.2013

Senior Citizen Happenings

Senior Citizen Happenings, sponsored by the City of University Heights, are open to all. Events take place on Thursdays at 2 p.m. at the University Heights Library. For information, and to suggest program topics, contact the UH Office for Senior Services at 216-397-0336 or info@universityheights.com.

Oct. 3: Robert Varley, president of the Cuyahoga County Public Library Board of Trustees, celebrates the library's 90th anniversary and the exceptional service it provides to 620,000 residents in 47 communities throughout the county.

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Volume 6, Issue 10, Posted 6:35 PM, 10.01.2013

Senior Citizen Happenings

Senior Citizen Happenings, sponsored by the City of University Heights, are open to all. Events take place on Thursdays at 2 p.m. at the University Heights Library. For information, and to suggest program topics, contact the UH Office for Senior Services at 216-397-0336 or info@universityheights.com.

Sept. 5: Steven Taylor, who recently retired after 24 years as director of Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, reflects on the satisfactions and challenges of his career, and his commitment to the conservation of African wildlife.

 

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Volume 6, Issue 9, Posted 12:44 PM, 08.30.2013

University Heights City Council meeting highlights 7-17-2013

JULY 17, 2013 (Special Meeting)

All council members were present.

Change in demolition cost

Council authorized a change order of $26,906.25 for the demolition of the Fuchs Mizrachi building. The initial proposal did not consider pipes wrapped in asbestos above the very high original ceiling. Engineer Joe Ciuni negotiated a lower price for this additional work, arguing that the people completing the bid should have known some pipes were not accounted for. The project is still below the total budgeted amount.

Consolidation of plats

Council authorized the consolidation of three plats into one at the former Fuchs Mizrachi School. The site had one large plat for the original school and two smaller ones from former homes that were removed to allow for additional parking. The planning commission recommended the consolidation.

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Volume 6, Issue 9, Posted 11:28 AM, 08.14.2013

University Heights seeks nominations for 2013 Beautiful Home awards

University Heights City Beautiful Commission members are currently traveling the city's streets, looking for homes and gardens to nominate for UH's 2013 Beautiful Home awards.

Residents can nominate homes in their neighborhoods—or nominate their own homes—by contacting Sherri Wisnieski (swisnieski@universityheights.com or 216-932-7800, ext. 203) at University Heights City Hall.

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Volume 6, Issue 8, Posted 11:45 AM, 07.16.2013

University Heights City Council meeting highlights 6-17-2013

JUNE 17, 2013

  • National Senior Games
  • McDonalds
  • Tree pruning and removal
  • 2014 budget
  • Grant for new ambulance
  • Patient chair for stairs
  • New rubbish truck
  • Youth Opportunities Unlimited
  • Fuchs Mizrachi
  • Fire hydrants

All council members were present.

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Volume 6, Issue 8, Posted 4:19 PM, 07.17.2013

City of University Heights special council meeting agenda for July 17

The University Heights City Council has posted the agenda for its July 17 special council meeting. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at University Heights City Hall.

The agenda includes a motion to authorize the mayor to approve [a] change order for Fuchs Mizrachi building demolition in the amount of $26,906.25, as well as a planning commission recommendation on the City's application to consolidate [a] pla[n] for the former Fuchs Mizrachi property.

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Volume 6, Issue 8, Posted 11:21 AM, 07.16.2013

UH City Council meeting agenda for June 3

The University Heights City Council has posted the agenda for its June 3 meeting. The meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. at University Heights City Hall.

The agenda includes a second reading of a "Code Red" (reverse 911) ordinance.

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Volume 6, Issue 7, Posted 10:12 AM, 06.03.2013

University Heights summer concert schedule for July and August

University Heights’s annual free Summer Concert Series, a tradition since the 1970s, kicked off in mid-June with the first of 11 weekly concerts for the public.

Concerts take place each Thursday evening, on the Wiley Middle School lawn at 2181 Miramar Blvd. July concerts begin at 7:30 p.m., August concerts begin at 7 p.m. In case of rain, the concert will move inside to the Wiley Middle School auditorium.

Concerts scheduled for July and August are:

July 4: University Heights Symphonic Band

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Volume 6, Issue 7, Posted 2:12 PM, 07.01.2013

UH City Council Planning Commission agenda for June 24

The University Heights Planning Commission has posted the agenda for its June 24 meeting. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at University Heights City Hall.

The first agenda item is consideration of an application for five variances for the construction of a new buliding at 13880–13882 Cedar Road [between Fenwich and Vernon roads]. The application is made by Leslie Hysell (David Sommers & Assoc.), architect for Ashwani Adya (Dunkin' Donuts).

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Volume 6, Issue 7, Posted 9:03 AM, 06.24.2013

University Heights City Council meeting highlights 6-3-2013

JUNE 3, 2013

  • Custom-built ambulance
  • School facilities meeting
  • Accounting change
  • CodeRED (reverse 911)
  • Expenditure amendment
  • Police training
  • Service report on trees, sewers and tennis courts
  • Fuchs Mizrachi demolition
  • Waterline replacement
  • Council use of iPads
  • Council salaries

Councilman Steven Sims was absent.

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Volume 6, Issue 7, Posted 4:25 PM, 06.19.2013

University Heights City Council meeting highlights 5-20-2013

MAY 20, 2013

  • Citizen comments
  • Memorial Day parade
  • Awards for firefighters/paramedics
  • Police and fire pension funds
  • Waterline replacements
  • Purvis Park
  • Reverse 911
  • Street paving
  • Fire department
  • Texting ban

All council members were present.

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Volume 6, Issue 7, Posted 10:16 AM, 06.18.2013

UH City Council meeting agenda for June 17

The University Heights City Council has posted the agenda for its June 17 meeting. The meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. at University Heights City Hall.

The agenda includes a second reading of an ordinance, ammending another ordinance, for current expenses and other expenditures of the City, for the period Jan. 1, 2013 through Dec. 31, 2013, and a resolution adopting the 2014 tax budget and declaring an emergency.

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Volume 6, Issue 7, Posted 9:56 AM, 06.17.2013

University Heights City Council meeting highlights 4-15-13

APRIL 15, 2013

  • Public comments
  • Arbor Day
  • Mayors Against Illegal Guns
  • Figure skating honors
  • Utility vehicle purchase
  • Fernwood, Channing water lines
  • Internet auction of city goods
  • Street resurfacing
  • Former Fuchs Mizrachi School
  • Overnight parking
  • Electronic device use while driving
  • John Carroll University banners
  • Back taxes found
  • University fencing
  • Home exterior inspections
  • Executive session

All council members were present.

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Volume 6, Issue 6, Posted 10:41 AM, 05.09.2013

UH City Council meeting agenda for May 6

The University Heights City Council has posted the agenda for its May 6 meeting. The meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. at University Heights City Hall.

The agenda includes a resolution authorizing the Mayor to enter into an agreement with ODOT to purchase sodium choloride (rock salt) for the 2013-14 winter season and declaring an emergency. It also includes consideration of an ordinance authorizing transfer of funds from the general fund to the street lighting fund and debt service fund.

 

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Volume 6, Issue 6, Posted 9:25 AM, 05.06.2013

UH City Council meeting agenda for May 20

The University Heights City Council has posted the agenda for its May 20 meeting. The meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. at University Heights City Hall. The council meeting will be preceded by a meeting of the Safety Committee at 6:30 p.m., where ice cream truck legislation will be discussed.

The agenda includes a second reading of an ordinance authorizing transfer of funds from the General Fund to the police and fire pension funds, and a first reading of a "Code Red" (reverse 911) ordinance.

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Volume 6, Issue 6, Posted 11:19 AM, 05.19.2013

Senior Citizen Happenings

Senior Citizen Happenings, sponsored by the City of University Heights, are open to all. Events take place on Thursdays at 2 p.m. at the University Heights Library. For information, and to suggest program topics, contact the UH Office for Senior Services at 216-397-0336.

June 6: Mandy Mehlman, community educator for the Housing Research Advocacy Center, will discuss the center's dedicated efforts to create vibrant, diverse communities, as it celebrates its 30th anniversary.

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Volume 6, Issue 6, Posted 2:01 PM, 05.30.2013

University Heights 2013 Memorial Day Parade

The City of University Heights held its 47th annual Memorial Day Parade on May 27 to honor those who gave their lives in service to our country. Several Heights community groups, schools, local businesses and elected officials participated in the parade, which traveled east on Silsby Road to Belvoir Boulevard and ended at John Carroll University (JCU). Following the parade, a memorial program was held on the steps of the JCU Natatorium.

Click on the link at the right to see more photos of the parade.

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Volume 6, Issue 6, Posted 10:23 AM, 05.28.2013

University Heights City Council meeting highlights 5-6-2013

MAY 6, 2013

  • Recognition to Gesu students
  • Road salt purchase
  • Fund transfer postponed
  • Equipment purchase
  • Executive session
  • Contract reviews
  • Fire department training
  • Tree planting
  • School plans

Councilwoman Susan D. Pardee was absent.

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Volume 6, Issue 6, Posted 12:29 PM, 05.24.2013

University Heights City Council meeting highlights 3-18-13

MARCH 18, 2013

  • Fuchs Mizrachi
  • Cleanup month
  • Mayor appointed to county board
  • Gesu Basketball Team
  • City’s tree program
  • New scooter
  • Street paving
  • School District Lay Facilities Committee

All council members were present.

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Volume 6, Issue 5, Posted 3:26 PM, 04.19.2013

UH City Council meeting agenda for April 15 includes vote to authorize demolition of former Fuchs Mizrachi building

The University Heights City Council has posted the agenda for its April 15 meeting.

The agenda includes consideration of ordinances declaring city-owned property at 2301 Fenwick Road (formerly known as Fuchs Mizrachi) a nuisance and declaring an emergency, as well as authorizing the demolition of that property, and declaring an emergency. It also includes a proposal to award the contract for demolition of the property to The Lower Cork Co.

The agenda also includes a resolution to authorize an agreement with Karvo Paving Company Inc. for 2013 street resurfacing (emergency).

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Volume 6, Issue 5, Posted 10:30 AM, 04.14.2013

University Heights City Council meeting agenda for April 8

The University Heights City Council has posted the agenda for its April 8 meeting.

The agenda includes first reading of an ordinance amendment to prohibit the use of electronic wireless communications devices for text-based communication while operating a motor vehicle. It also includes a motion to accept [a] bid for demolition of the Fuchs Mizrachi Building, and approval of a tree-planting contract for 2013.

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Volume 6, Issue 5, Posted 10:06 AM, 04.07.2013

University Heights City Council meeting highlights 4-8-13

APRIL 8, 2013

  • Fuchs Mizrachi School
  • Bid requirements
  • Spring cleanup
  • Holocaust Remembrance Week
  • Public Internet auctions
  • Power Load System
  • Overnight parking
  • Texting while driving
  • Sweepstakes Terminal Cafes
  • Costs for civil cases
  • Tree trimming

All council members were present. 

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Volume 6, Issue 5, Posted 3:22 PM, 04.19.2013

Senior Citizen Happenings

Senior Citizen Happenings, sponsored by the City of University Heights, are open to all. Events take place on Thursdays at 2 p.m., at the University Heights Library. For information, and to suggest program topics, contact the UH Office for Senior Services at 216-397-0336.

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Volume 6, Issue 5, Posted 4:28 PM, 04.30.2013

University Heights City Council meeting agenda for March 4

The University Heights City Council has posted the agenda for its March 4 meeting.

The agenda includes a presentation to the state champion Beaumont Volleyball Team, and a motion to approve the purchase of two police vehicles.

Reports from standing committees include a consideration of consolidation of fire services between University Heights and Shaker Heights (Committee of the Whole), and a consideration of the use of the former Fuchs Mizrachi school property (Committee of the Whole).

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Volume 6, Issue 4, Posted 9:29 AM, 03.04.2013

University Heights City Council meeting agenda for March 18

The University Heights City Council has posted the agenda for its March 18 meeting.

The agenda includes a presentation to the Gesu Basketball Team, and a presentation on the City’s Tree Program by Jeff Pokorny, service director, and Tom Morgan, City arborist.

Reports from standing committees include consideration of consolidation of fire services between University Heights and Shaker Heights (Committee of the Whole), use of the former Fuchs Mizrachi school property (Committee of the Whole), regulations for sweepstakes terminal cafés (Safety) and a realtor education workshop (Civic Information).

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Volume 6, Issue 4, Posted 9:46 AM, 03.18.2013

UH meeting tonight to explore ideas for former Fuchs Mizrachi/Northwood school property

The University Heights Citizen’s Committee to determine the use of the former Fuchs Mizrachi/Northwood school property will meet tonight, March 19, at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers at UH City Hall.

The meeting is open to the public, and University Heights residents are invited to join the committee, chaired by Brett Teacher, a UH resident who led Citizens for Saybrook Park.

“This is the biggest investment the city has made in itself in 20 years, since the pool and playground were built at Purvis Park,” said UH Mayor Susan Infeld. “I’m expecting the committee to be enthusiastic about this opportunity. It’s pretty exciting.”

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Volume 6, Issue 4, Posted 10:46 AM, 03.19.2013

University Heights City Council meeting highlights 2-19-13

FEBRUARY 19, 2013

  • Thomas Cozzens
  • Mark N. Wiseman
  • Andrew Boylan
  • JCU and HRRC programs
  • Fire department consolidation
  • Public comments: Fire department consolidation, Water bills, Northwood School
  • Traffic signal repair
  • Uniformity of tax collections
  • Fund transfers

All council members were present.

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Volume 6, Issue 4, Posted 11:17 AM, 03.12.2013

Senior CItizen Happenings

Senior Citizen Happenings are sponsored by the City of University Heights, and are open to all. Events take place on Thursdays at 2 p.m. at the University Heights Library. For information, and to suggest topics for future programs, contact the UH Office for Senior Services at 216-397-0336.

April 4: Stephen Hotchkiss, world traveler and assistant professor of international business at Notre Dame College, draws on his experience to explore the question “Do China and India pose a threat to America?”

 

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Volume 6, Issue 4, Posted 12:42 PM, 03.28.2013

University Heights City Council meeting highlights 3-4-13

MARCH 4, 2013

  • Fire services
  • Property taxes
  • Beaumont Volleyball Team
  • Issuance and sale of bonds
  • Catch basin and sewer
  • Trees
  • Police vehicles
  • Dominion East Ohio Gas
  • Electronic device use while driving
  • Violence Against Women Act
  • Overnight parking
  • Trees by power lines
  • Ambulance
  • Property exteriors

Vice Mayor Frankie Goldberg was absent.

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Volume 6, Issue 4, Posted 11:32 AM, 03.12.2013

Thomas Cozzens remembered at Feb. 19 University Heights City Council meeting

The City of University Heights honored Councilman Thomas Cozzens at its Feb. 19 city council meeting.

Cozzens, who died on Jan. 17 after a brief battle with cancer, was elected to council in November 2011, and sworn in on Jan. 3, 2012.

At the Feb. 19 remembrance, University Heights Mayor Susan Infeld presented Cozzens’ wife, Mary Ann, daughter Kathleen and son Patrick, with a memorial plaque. Another identical plaque will be installed at city hall.

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Volume 6, Issue 3, Posted 11:48 AM, 02.28.2013

Controversy over proposed UH-SH fire department merger demonstrates difficult realities of push for regionalism

On Feb. 1, the cities of University Heights and Shaker Heights issued a joint press release stating that the two cities would create a Council of Governments (COG) with a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), which would lay the groundwork for an agreement to consolidate the cities’ fire and EMS departments. The press release gave several dates when a completed agreement would be presented to the councils of both cities for public comment and approval, but it turns out that the timeline in the release was wishful thinking.

Soon after the release was issued, John Novosielski, president of University Heights Firefighters Local 974, lashed out at University Heights Mayor Susan Infeld and Shaker Heights Mayor Earl Leiken, accusing them of having already made the decision to merge departments without union or public input. “It appears that the decision to ‘merge’ departments had already been made by the mayors, and that everything else was a dog and pony show,” said Novosielski in a press release.

Mayor Infeld disagrees. “The MOU is the beginning of the process, not the end,” said Infeld. “This is not final and could change a lot.”

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Volume 6, Issue 3, Posted 12:44 PM, 02.12.2013

Feb. 19 UH City Council meeting agenda includes remembrance of Councilman Cozzens and ceremonial swearing in of new councilman, Mark Wiseman

The University Heights City Council has posted the agenda for its Feb. 19 meeting.

The agenda includes a presentation honoring the life of Councilman Thomas A. Cozzens, who died in January, as well as a ceremonial swearing in of Mark N. Wiseman, appointed by University Heights City Council to fill the seat left vacant by Cozzens's death.

Also on the agenda is the swearing in of Fire Lieutenant Andrew A. Boylan.

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Volume 6, Issue 3, Posted 6:34 PM, 02.18.2013